Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Metric Units, and supports the standard of converting different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • How is the number .1 related to the number 1? 
  • What can you multiply 10 by to get 1,000?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Metric Units topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about metric units while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial that answers this question: How do you convert between metric units?  (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas) (Essential Math Skill: Use ratios & proportions to solve problems)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the different metric units and explaining what they measure. Include examples. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain-specific words and phrases)
  • Creative Coding: Code a math problem that requires converting between metric units. (Essential Math Skill: Use measurement to solve problems)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Metric Units Challenge, applying essential math and literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Metric Units Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of measurement with these topics: Metric vs. Customary, Customary Units, Precision and Accuracy, and Measuring Matter.

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